Predators 4, Blues 3

Notes:

  • The surprisingly successful early season “lolligag until we’re down a goal” strategy made a comeback, as the Predators sat on their heels for the first few minutes of the game. Coach Laviolette called timeout after a flurry and a goal for the Blues, however, and the Preds looked like a different team almost immediately, taking a 2-1 lead into the first intermission and coming out strong with a third goal to start the second. Momentum swung back and forth for the remainder of the game, and although the Preds only managed 8 shots on goal in the second and third periods combined, they made them count.
  • Eric Nystrom has been playing like a man possessed this season, taking no prisoners and giving 110% just about every shift. He tallied the Preds’ second goal of the night, which also gave Mike Fisher his first point of the season since returning from his injury.
  • Mike Ribeiro came up big with a goal and two assists.
  • The powerplay continues to look better, but their stats continue to get worse, as they are still failing to produce. Granted, they haven’t gotten a lot of practice, with only three man-advantage opportunities in the last two games.
  • On the other hand, the Preds penalty kill unit has only allowed one goal in their last 18 outings, so something is going well for the special teams.
  • Colin Wilson is finally starting to look like the player he was promised to be. He scored a nasty breakaway goal on newly-signed Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur, whom you might have heard of. Roman Josi set Wilson up with a gorgeous pass from the opposite blue line.
  • With the win, the Preds advance to 11-1-1 on home ice and 17-6-2 on the season. They also retake sole ownership of the number one spot in the Central division.

The Preds have another tough matchup against the Blackhawks on Saturday. Puck drops at early, at 6.

 

About Evan Lewis

Evan is a native Memphian who drinks bourbon and works in advertising by day and drinks bourbon and watches hockey by night. He does not have a legitimate opinion on whether fighting should be allowed in hockey but knows that he thoroughly enjoys it.

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